Recruiting Update: JuJu to add to Eugene Brew?

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It’s here. National Signing Day.  The stakes couldn’t be any higher for Oregon as it enters one of the most pivotal phases in program history.  Chip Kelly is now fully in the rear-view mirror in the minds of recruits.  How will head man Mark Helfrich fare on the final day of his first full recruiting cycle?

Oregon received a pledge from defensive lineman Austin Maloata (3-Star/Corona, CA)  in the middle of last week and now bears fifteen hard commits heading into the early morning hours of Wednesday.  However, there are two names that We, The Oregon Faithful, need to pay close attention to.

Wide receiver John ‘JuJu’ Smith (5-Star/Long Beach, CA/Rivals100) and defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao (3-Star/San Antonio, TX) are preps still at large as of this morning (7AMPST).  Oregon seems to have gained an undeniable head of steam in Smith’s recruitment as a contingent of Duck coaches met with nation’s top receiver last week.

The meeting produced several messages from inside sources that see Smith heading north to Oregon after a very impressive showing by Helfrich.  Will this be Oregon’s next “DAT in the night” moment as Helfrich attempts his best Kelly impression of a late-in-the-game recruiting caper?

Lealaimatafao is even more of a mystery as the 300-plus trench behemoth has played things close to the chest since openly expressing a heavy interest in dawning Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green late last year.  Until the toner is dry on the fax machine paper, little can be known of his final destination.

Stay tuned to FISHDUCK throughout the day for updates!  Breaking news will be posted in a rolling thread directly below this paragraph, WTD!!!

As of 8:53AM PST… SIGNED…

QB Morgan Mahalak 
DB Arrion Springs 
LB Jimmie Swain
DE Justin Hollins 
ATH Charles Nelson
RB Tony James
DL Henry Mondeaux
OT Braden Eggert
DL Jalen Jelks

For up to the minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at DUCK TERRITORY, who graciously provide FISHDUCK with in-depth analysis and player-generated material. Look for my latest recruiting update every Wednesday. WTD!!!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores